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5 Nov

Unravelling the story of Kundan jewellery from the courts of Rajasthan

Elegant and extravagant, kundan jewellery is a favourite among brides

Rahul Desai, Director, International Institute of Gemology, shares, “Kundan jewellery is made from precious and semi-precious polished gemstones, which are set in layers between gold foils. The piece is fine-tuned with the addition of meenakari detailing. Meenakari is an enamelling technique used on the back of kundan jewellery creating a pattern that makes the jewellery reversible.”

 

WHERE IT BEGAN: Kundan originated in the royal courts of Rajasthan; it flourished under the Mughal era when the craftsmanship was passed on to the artisans in the courts of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Sunita Shekhawat, Founder, Sunita Shekhawat Jaipur, shares, “The Romans were already familiar with the craft of enamelling in the form of cloisonné and champlevé. However, meenakari originated in Persia and was eventually introduced in India by Mughal invaders from Persia.”

PHOTO: NAMAN VERMA

ASSOCIATED REGION: Rajasthan is the centre of kundan meenakari jewellery production in India.

THE PRECIOUS FACTOR: Kundan uses highly refined gold as well as precious and semi-precious gemstones making it a valuable keepsake.

OWN IT: Shekhawat recommends broad chokers or medium-length necklaces for a regal look.

Lead Photo: Kishandas & Co

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